G4S to be challenged on record for care of vulnerable people and delivery of criminal justice services

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Social justice campaigners, the Reclaim Justice Network (1), are giving media advance notice that Network shareholders will be attending the G4S Annual General Meeting in Sutton, London (2) on Thursday 26 May, to call for G4S’ immediate withdrawal from all Care & Justice services in the UK. Continue reading

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G4S: Imprisoning futures?

On Thursday 26 May, 2016, members of the Reclaim Justice Network will be attending the G4S Annual General Meeting.

For the third year running, our members will be attending as shareholders. We will be asking the G4S board questions relating to reports of racism, violence and poor standards of care in young offender institutions, prisons and immigration detention facilities run by the company.

We are inviting our members to send us their questions for the G4S board via the hashtag #askG4S – or you can email us at reclaimjusticenetwork@gmail.com.

The Reclaim Justice Network is calling for G4S’ immediate withdrawal from all prison, custodial and immigration services.

Full details of the time and location of the AGM are available on the G4S website here.

Click here to download the press release for this event

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Reclaim Justice Network calls for homes, not prisons

On Saturday, 14 May, the Reclaim Justice Network and Islington Kill the Housing Bill organised a march to Holloway prison. The demonstration, attended by around 80 activists, was supported by the local MP and leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn along with other local and national organisations.

The demonstration marched from Holloway Road to Holloway prison where a rally took place. The Islington Gazette, reported ‘Holloway Prison protest: Jeremy Corbyn joins demo calling for social housing to replace jail’. Continue reading

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Social housing and criminal justice activists to march on Holloway prison site

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Social housing and criminal justice campaigners will march on 14 May 2016 (1) in Islington to demand 50% ‘genuinely affordable’ council housing and community services on the 10-acre HMP Holloway prison site.

HMP Holloway women’s prison in North London, is closing as part of wider government reforms to close old prisons and build 9 new institutions. It is suspected the site at Holloway will be sold to property developers for luxury flats, when there are 18,000 families on the Islington housing waiting list alone. The prison site is public land and should be used for public housing.

Many of the women in Holloway prison, who have now been transferred to prisons outside London, were vulnerable and homeless before they were sentenced. Good quality, safe, low cost council housing and decent services would have prevented many entering criminal justice in the first place.

The demonstration is organised by Reclaim Justice Network, Islington Kill the Housing Bill and Islington Hands off our Public Services (2) in support of the Kill the Housing Bill and Reclaim Holloway! Campaigns (3).

For more:
E-mail: reclaimjusticenetwork@gmail.com

Download the flyer here.

Notes for editors

(1) The demonstration will rally outside London Metropolitan University (Holloway Road) and march to Holloway Prison at 11:30am, to begin marching at 12:00pm. Local and national speakers, along with MPs are invited.

(2) Reclaim Justice Network is a collaboration of individuals, advocacy groups, practitioners, researchers and people most directly affected by criminal justice systems, who are working together to radically reduce the size and scope of criminal justice systems and to build effective and socially just alternatives. Learn more at downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com

Islington Hands off our Public Services (IHOOPS) is a broad based non-sectarian coalition of local people and groups united to defend our local public services. The coalition is open to any organisation that shares our aims of defending our public services against cuts. Lean more at www.islingtonhandsoffourpublicservices.wordpress.com

Islington Kill the Housing Bill is a community led campaign against the current Housing Bill, which will destroy council and social housing. They demand secure homes for all and rent controls. Learn more at www.killthehousingbill.wordpress.com

(3) Reclaim Holloway! is a campaign demanding the Holloway site is used for council housing, including a hub for women’s support services. Learn more at reclaimholloway.org.uk

ENDS

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#ReclaimHolloway: March with us on 14 May

March to Holloway prison to demand council housing and facilities for local community services be built there when it is demolished.

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Reclaim Holloway: the fallacies of a ‘prison building revolution’

unspecifiedThe government’s ‘prison building revolution’ will benefit neither vulnerable women nor Londoners

When the closure of the largest female prison in Europe was announced, it was greeted with hope. Why wouldn’t the many organisations that knew the realities of female prison life celebrate? Nearly ten years on from the Corston Report in 2007, was the recommendation that large prisons be replaced with small custodial units finally being recognised? Did this closure represent a shift in how England and Wales imprisons women? Continue reading

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Medway and G4S: The systemic abuse of vulnerable children

When vulnerable children go to jail in England and Wales, society should expect them to be kept safe. However, in a recent BBC Panorama episode, culpable G4S employees are seen discussing their intentions and methods for harm, as vulnerable children are threatened, stabbed with forks, manipulated to become aggressive, systematically intimidated and physically restrained. They are almost always left alone in tears. Medway, where the documentary was filmed, is a Secure Training Centre (STC) in Kent that has capacity to hold 76 12-18 year olds. Continue reading

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Islington Meeting 19 April 2016: Reclaim Holloway!

Following our most recent meeting on 1 March 2016, the Reclaim Justice Network is organising public meeting at Unity Hall (by the fire station), 277A Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TZ  on 7.00pm – 8.30pm 19 April 2016.

Register your details below to confirm your attendance.

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Alternatives to Holloway

In late 2015 the government announced a ‘prison building revolution’. David Cameron, George Osborne and Michael Gove have, over recent months, called for a change in the way that people in prison are dealt with. Continue reading

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Closing Holloway

Chris Hignett describes some of the issues arising from the closure of Holloway prison and discussed at a Reclaim Justice Network meeting on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Continue reading

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